Pirate radio operators convicted

Two pirate radio operators have been convicted at Camberwell Magistrates Court for offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. Both were given 18 months conditional discharges and ordered to pay £150 costs after being found guilty of participating in the running of the pirate radio station calling itself Essence FM. The court heard that last September, the two defendants were caught at the top of a 180ft-cell phone aerial with tools and radio transmitting apparatus. When questioned they stated they were enjoying the aerial views. However, they subsequently admitted the offences when interviewed. The court ordered the seized equipment be forfeited.